Gonzalo Serrano takes GC lead in Burgos

4 August 2021
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Vuelta a Burgos (st. 2)

Spaniard 10th at bunch sprint in Briviesca, dons purple jersey by position countback as he overtakes his rival on Tuesday’s uphill finish, Edward Planckaert (AFC).

A reward to consistency for Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar Team), who kept digging after a bitter second place on Tuesday’s inaugural stage of the Vuelta a Burgos and took on Wednesday the purple jersey as overall classification leader.

Serrano supported by Oliveira and the rest of his team-mates. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

Well protected by his team-mates, with Rojas and Oliveira leading the ‘Blue train’ and supporting him alongside Mühlberger, Jacobs -who wore today the KOM jersey, as 2nd behind the GC leader, following his breakaway on Tuesday-, Rubio and Pedrero, Gonzalo always kept the front at a fast-paced, slightly-downhill finish and contested the inevitable bunch kick in Briviesca, 10th behind winner Sebastián Molano (UAD)… and a few places ahead of his rival from yesterday, Planckaert (AFC). With no bonus seconds available, it was more than enough to take purple.

Serrano will have a big hurdle to get over on Thursday’s stage three, with the Picón Blanco climb (8km at 9.2%) as main difficulty with 19km from the finish in Espinosa de los Monteros.

Serrano talks to the media in the leader’s jersey. (c) Movistar Team

REACTION / Gonzalo Serrano:

“In the end, being the leader of a stagerace like Burgos, who – we always see that – has a strong field of contenders year after year, is always a beautiful thing. We came really close to victory yesterday and we’re getting those efforts rewarded today with this jersey to somewhat make up for it. It will be a really tough test tomorrow at the Picón Blanco – we’ll see where we can get to, with our strong team we will really try to stay close to the top climbers.”

Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 03 - 07 Aug

Vuelta a Burgos ESP

(2nd Stage) Tardajos - Briviesca (175 km)
  1. 01 Sebastián Molano UAE Team Emirates 3h55'39"
  2. 02 Alberto Dainese Team DSM "
  3. 03 Matteo Trentin UAE Team Emirates "
  4. 10 Gonzalo Serrano Movistar Team "
  5. 17 Johan Jacobs Movistar Team "
  6. 18 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team "
  7. 28 Einer Rubio Movistar Team "
  8. 70 Gregor Mühlberger Movistar Team "
  9. 97 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team "
  10. 100 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team "
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Gonzalo Serrano Movistar Team 7h30'21"
  2. 02 Edward Planckaert Alpecin-Fenix "
  3. 03 Vincenzo Albanese EOLO-Kometa +1"
  4. 23 Einer Rubio Movistar Team +22"
  5. 25 Gregor Mühlberger Movistar Team "
  6. 42 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +55"
  7. 51 Johan Jacobs Movistar Team +1'24"
  8. 63 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +1'53"
  9. 84 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +4'01"
See stage ranking